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Tool Talk

Mike Corrado on the gear that shapes the light.

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Six Steps to Lighting Magic with Joe McNally

Follow lighting expert Joe McNally's instructions for easy flash photography…

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Flash Points: The Control of Light

Color temperature, rear sync, slow sync: Three key elements in flash photography.

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Joe McNally and the new SB-910 AF Speedlight

Behind the Scenes of a Marketing Campaign Shoot

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COOLPIX Cameras and Cool Lighting with Speedlights

Lucas Gilman shows you how to use Speedlights with COOLPIX cameras

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Exposure Compensation When Using i-TTL Gets Easier with the D4/D4s

Exposure compensation and flash compensation can be…

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Using Auto FP High-Speed Sync to Illuminate Fast Sports Action

Dave Black on using high-speed flash sync for sports…

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Photographing People Using Wireless Lighting Techniques

Tom Bol's images inspire new ways of taking a portrait photo.

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A Light in the Forest

Rod Planck on photographing critters in the field with a Speedlight

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Flash Photography on Location

Ami Vitale on using a single Speedlight for illumination

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Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits

Suggested Lens choices, exposure settings and focus modes

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High Speed Sync: A Flash Technique To Add a Pro Touch to Your Photographs

Kevin Kubota on auto FP high speed sync flash…

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Speedlight Tutorial: Artificial Sunlight Technique

Wireless off-camera lighting with Speedlights may seem like a daunting proposition at first glance, but its easier than you might think. With Nikon’s Creative Lighting System, you can easily set up a Speedlight or two (or more) and control their output right from your Nikon D-SLR camera. A pair of Speedlights and a minimal amount of effort can add a dramatic look to your images.

David Tejada is a location shooter. Mainly a corporate photography specialist, his subjects are found on job sites, industrial factory floors, executive offices and more. Using a minimum amount of gear, he’s able to create photographs that look as if the lighting were more complex than it actually was.

Bring in the Sun

Just because the natural light isn’t cooperating doesn’t mean you can't make images with dramatic lighting. David will explain how the addition of just two Speedlights, using CTO (Color Temperature Orange) gels to warm the light output, along with a cuculoris (also known as a cookie) or gobo to add a bit of a dappled effect, looks just like warm afternoon sunlight, as it passes through tree branches, and into your image. The sharpness of the shadows from the cookie is dependent on how far away the light source is from the cookie. The closer the light source to the cookie, the softer the shadows, the further the distance, the sharper the dappled shadow pattern will appear.

Watch the video, to learn how two Speedlights can provide your images with sunlight even when the sun isn’t shining.

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